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Digital Literacy and the History of the Internet with Chris Castiglione (S6E6)

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Chris Castiglione came to this realization after not being interested in computers early in life. He started out as a music major in college but switched into media arts design, which was where his technical skills began to develop.

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Chris CastiglioneAfter graduation, his journey took him from being a website-building digital nomad to eventually founding One Month, where he teaches courses on topics from programming languages to cryptocurrency. (In fact, he came on the podcast before to talk about crypto and blockchain—listen to that here!) He also teaches digital literacy at Columbia Business School.

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In today’s episode, Chris and I chat about the importance of digital literacy, the history of the internet, how to teach yourself tech skills in a sustainable way, and more.

Key takeaways

  • It’s important to be digitally literate, no matter what field you’re in. Every company today is, in some ways, a tech company—because tech is so embedded in our daily lives.
  • The internet today is very decentralized, and that’s a good thing. You have access to anything and anyone without needing to go through a middleman.
  • It’s important to have what are called “T-shaped skills.” The top of the T is like a left and right horizon, meaning you should have generalized skills in different areas. The bottom of the T goes deeper, meaning you should also have more in-depth skills in one specific thing.
  • Learning to code can be overwhelming, so you might want to learn a little bit of everything. That’s fine at first, but it’s important to eventually pick one thing and run with it. Having really strong skills in one area will help you stand out in your job search and at interviews.
  • When you know one coding language really well, others will be easier to learn—like if you’re already bilingual, learning a third language is easier.
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